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COMBAT STORIES FROM World War II

Herman Buffington | K Company, 303rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, 96th Infantry Division - Army

5:32   |   Herman Buffington was hunkered down in his foxhole on Okinawa when a mortar round hit close by and a piece of red hot shrapnel tore through his leg. It sounded like bacon frying, but a medic got the bleeding stopped and he was going to be OK. He refused the morphine because he was already exhausted and didn't want anyone else to tend to his tourniquet.

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